If your daughter is involved in the competitive world of gymnastics, you may be lost in the whirlwind of new routines and new levels for this upcoming season. Just when you thought you had it all figured out, USA Gymnastics (USAG) changes it up on you!
Skill and Routine Changes
Skill and routine changes will mostly effect compulsory gymnasts (compulsory gymnasts compete routines that are choreographed by USA Gymnastics and are identical to all other gymnasts in the United States, competing the same level). The good news? You get to hear new music and watch new poses this year (sigh of relief).
USAG combined the skill sets of Level 1 & 2 and added Level 6 to the optional competition format this year. (Optional gymnasts have individually choreographed routines with similar skill sets as the gymnasts they are competing against).
Same Skills, New Names
Because USAG added a new level to optional competition and combined the skill sets of Levels 1 & 2, compulsory levels now have new names!
Still confused? Here is an example: The old level 4 skills are now classified as Level 3. A level 3 will compete a round-off back handspring on floor (like the old level fours use to). A new level 3 will also compete a front hip circle on bars (like the old level fours did). Starting to make a little sense?
My first piece of advice, learn to appreciate the compulsory choreography. Second, trust your coaches – they’ll put your kid in the right level with the appropriate skills. Lastly, repeat after me, “The number that correlates with my daughter’s level is of no importance!”
To help with the transition to the 2013 – 2021 rules and routines, check out these great articles provided by USAG.